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Literary Lunch at the Cayuga Museum

  • Cayuga Museum of History 203 Genesee Street Auburn, NY, 13021 United States (map)

 Join us for a book talk and learn about Malvina Guimaraes, the original #MeToo woman. Local author Ann Callaghan Allen will discuss her book, “The Madame’s Business: The remarkable life and tragic death of Malvina Guimaraes.”

Malvina Dean Guimaraes, raised in Weedsport, NY, was an ordinary woman who decided not to be so ordinary. She introduced the sewing machine, then a new and transformative device for women, to the South American market in the 1850s. This was a time when women rarely ventured beyond their own homes. Malvina amassed a fortune from this business, only to see it threatened by an unscrupulous husband who had 19th century law and conventional thinking on his side. 
Their battle crossed international borders, finally playing out in an Oswego, NY courtroom. The true story of what really happened to her vast fortune is stranger than fiction.

Author Bio:
After a professional career as a news reporter, editor and college professor, Ann Allen recently retired from teaching in the Department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She returned to her hometown of Oswego, NY where she discovered the fascinating, true and, until now, untold story of one of Central New York’s most colorful and fascinating historic figures.